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ABC, HBO and NBC Order Pilots

grahamNBC has ordered a pilot based on the movie “Parenthood”. The network tried to turn the movie into a weekly show nearly twenty years ago and it failed miserably. So what makes them think it will work this time? Well for starters, they signed on “Friday Night Lights” showrunner, Jason Katims, to produce and write. Though the show will be based on the 1989 Steve martin movie the characters will be new. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who directed and produced the original film have signed on to Executive Produce along with Katims. Hopefully, the three of them can breath some new life into this project. Here’s a fun fact about the first series, it starred a little known actor named Leonardo DiCaprio.

In other pilot news, HBO just picked up a half hour comedy starring Ellen Barkin. This will be Barkin’s fist television series, about a divorced woman and her relationship with her ex-husband’s son. HBO is also getting ready for a drama from Martin Scorsese, “Boardwalk Empire” , that stars Steve Buscemi as a a guy who runs a liquor distribution ring just as prohibition is starting.

ABC is jumping on the pilot bandwagon too. They recently ordered two new half hour comedies, “Threesome” and “Let it Go” . “Threesome” is about a guy torn between his girlfriend and his loser best friend (sounds a lot like “You, Me, and Dupree” which doesn’t bode well for the series). “Let it Go” stars “Gilmore Girl” Lauren Graham as a self help expert who can’t follow her own advice. Graham’s currently on Broadway starring in “Guys and Dolls” so this one won’t start shooting anytime in the near future.

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